In 2010, Amoke Kubat began her Art of Mothering workshops, which became the foundation of YoMama’s House: a cooperative in North Minneapolis for women who are artists, mothers, activists, and healers that emphasizes the Mother Wit rooted in culture and lived experiences. Amoke will use her residency at WAM and the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) to support the development of Yo Mama’s House through relationships with researchers of African history, race studies, and other fields that might inform her work on reclaiming African Indigenous sensibilities. Amoke is an artist, weaver, sacred doll maker, and occasional stand-up comedian. She uses her art to speak truth to power and to maintain a position of wellness in an America sick with inequalities and inequities. Her writing includes the conversation play “Angry Black Woman and Well Intentioned White Girl” and “Paradise: No People Allowed,” a creation story told from a nonhuman perspective. She is a 2019–20 Pillsbury House Naked Stages fellow and is thrilled to start working on her second play, “Old Good Kit Kat.”
Marcie Rendon, Anishinabe, enrolled member of the White Earth Nation, is a playwright,poet, and writer. She has published four nonfiction children’s books and two novels, Murder on the Red River and Girl Gone Missing. She is a community arts activist and a curator who supports other Native artists/writers/creators to pursue their art. In 2012 she and Diego Vázquez Jr. established the Women’s Writing Program (WWP) in correctional facilities in Ramsey, Sherburne, and Washington counties in Minnesota, where more than two hundred imprisoned women participated in poetry workshops that led to more than thirty published anthologies of poetry. In her Incubator Residency at WAM, Marcie will research the causes and effects of the disproportionate rates of incarceration of Native American women in Minnesota. Marcie Rendon’s residency is supported by the Stardust Art Fund.